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Old Fashion Oatmeal for a couple of days

I make big batches of Oatmeal for the whole week. I boil 4 cups of water while soaking 2 cups of Oatmeal in water. When the water starts to boil, I put the soaked oatmeal in the boiling water, turn down the heat and let it boil for 5 minutes. Then I have ready oatmeal anytime I need some .

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Toaster Oven

For Christmas my mom got me a toaster oven. It was the best gift I ever. It helps me roast,broil and toast my vegetables. I feel it has helped me turn more healthy options. I use it more than I do my stove!

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Fresh Herbs

I love cooking with fresh herbs - no jarred dried herbs - they make a HUGE difference in the flavor. If I have leftovers I simply wash and chop them so I can freeze them for the next time.

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Prep is the key!

I spend an hour on a Sunday preparing as much food as I can for the following week. For example I wash grapes and put them in separate containers. I chop lots of onion so I just have to grab a handful when making an omlete. It saves so much time when cooking!

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Mock Apple Pie

When I crave a warm dessert, I cut up an apple sprinkle a little cinnamon and stevia on it and microwave it until the apples soften. The smell of the apples and cinnamon are great and I feel like I am having apple pie - without the calories!

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Go green to wash the greens

Sew a drawstring bag from two kitchen towels. When you wash your lettuce, you can put it in the bag and shake so that the towels absorb the moisture. The towel bag can be washed and recycled. Use this for washing grapes too!

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Grilling and smoking is for everything.

Grilling fruits and vegetables, makes it them easier to eat. It heightens their flavors, and brings your dish to a whole new level. Try it with Fruits also, great dessert on their own this way. With out adding sweeteners and extra calories.

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Make ahead breakfast

I bought a Stanley food container (like a thermos) that keeps food hot or cold for 12 hours. At night I put 1/2 cup of steel cut oats in it, and add 1 cup of boiling water, and close the container. In the morning I have a no-fuss breakfast, which comes in handy for mornings when I'm running late!

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Multi-tasking your oven

If I'm cooking something in my oven, I'll throw in a few split breasts with the skin removed while I'm baking my casserole or whatever. Then, when the chicken cools, I shred it for later uses. That way, I'm not using my oven just to bake the chicken and I always have cooked chicken on hand.

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Pasta Pot = Stock Pot

Use your pasta pot when making home made stock or broth. Quick and easy way to strain out vegetables, bones, etc... with out the danger of pouring a hot liquid through a strainer.

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